UK Civil Liberties - New Labour's Record
2001 Anti-Terrosism Legislation
The UK government took full advantage the atrocities of
September 11th 2001. Playing on public fear they rushed
through the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.
This Act allows indefinite detention without trial
of foreign nationals in the UK merely suspected of being a
threat to national security. No need for anything old-fashioned
like trial or evidence - just lock 'em up and throw away the key.
After all, they're only foreigners.
This Act was so obscene tht it would have been illegal under the
European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), so the British
government chose to derogate from Article 5 of the ECHR.
No other EU government thought such measures a necessary or
proportionate response to the events of 11th September.
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